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Stansted airport recruits two more police dogs to help detect explosives

The handlers were given their licences on Monday, October 23 Credit: Essex Police

Stansted Airport has recruited two new, fluffy members of staff.

Police dogs Buddy and Holly and their handlers PC Mark Webster and PC Hayley Peek will be patrolling the airport in the search and detection of explosives.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “The security and the safety of passengers and airport staff is a key priority for our force and I’m delighted we are strengthening our team with these new additions."

“PC Mark Webster and PC Hayley Peek and police dogs, Buddy and Holly, bring a specialist and a unique set of skills to the airport to help identify criminals and disrupt criminal groups."

PC Hayley Peek and Holly Credit: Essex police

The handlers were given their licences on Monday, October 23, and will start operational duties next week at Stansted.

The new additions will help to help deter, disrupt and detect criminal activity and bring reassurance to the thousands of people who leave and arrive at the airport every day.

I was delighted to attend today’s ceremony at Essex Police Headquarters to see Holly and Buddy receive their certificates.

Everyone at London Stansted is looking forward to seeing them both at the airport when they begin their important role as part of Project Servator.

– Pat Hillier, Stansted Airport’s Head of Security Compliance
PC Mark Webster was presented with a certificate by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh at Essex Police Headquarters Credit: Essex police

Essex Police is currently also training another additional police dog to increase drug and cash searches at Stansted Airport with the aim of introducing them to the Project Servator team in February next year.

Project Servator is an initiative dedicated to deterring and detecting criminal and terrorist activity, as well as reassuring the general public.